Alright, this isn't a monumental emergency, as I don't land in the UK until next week, but I might have to take measures/do some planning before that, so it is pretty urgent.
Here's the deal: Every time I head to Europe via London, my dad gives me a fistful of Pounds Sterling from way back when we moved to the States from there. It comes in handy as I don't have to get ripped at the airport exchange booths, and can wait 'til I'm settled in to hit up an ATM.
As of 2001, the UK started phasing in newer £20 notes, and by 2002, most retailers weren't accepting the old ones. Fair enough - just go down to the local bank branch and exchange 'em for new ones... My question is - can I still exchange the old ones for new (legal tender is always legal tender, right?) and if so, is
there a deadline to exchange them? Also, can I only exchange them at banks, or are there other places I can do it? (Post Offices, bureau de change, etc...)
Because if I need to hurry up and get them exchanged, my dad will have to give me all of his 20s, right?
I've put some good time into searching the internet but maybe my keywords weren't good/specific enough. Anyone gotta clue? Thanks!